Originally Posted by Payge
Seriously, having all the information he did on Snape and he still believed his "I am a changed man!" speach? I honestly thought Dumbledore had a REAL reason for trusting Snape. Noone that smart ignores when their friends and collegues all say "Hey dude, he's a bad man!" And begging and sniveling to Snape when he was going to kill him?*** ? Thats not Dumbledore style at ALL.
Ah, my dear, but you aren't reading into
the books at all!
JK Rowling is a crafty, devious lady, and it's been a long time since she wrote anything
to be taken at face value. Who's to say that Dumbledore's death wasn't a part of it?
"Severus," said Dumbledore, turning to Snape, "you know what I must ask you to do. If you are ready ... if you are prepared ..."
"I am," said Snape.
He looked slightly paler than usual, and his cold, black eyes glittered strangely. (GoF 36)
It's been almost a year since I last read GoF and OotP, but I don't recall this being resolved. Perhaps he was talking about Occlumency lessons, but perhaps it was something more.
I'm not jumping on the "Save Snape!" bandwagon just yet, as I really need to read the book again first, but there are lots of great essays out there already about the possibilities. Perhaps his trust wasn't misplaced.